How do we produce voice?: A person’s voice is a combination of respiration (i.e. breathing in and out) and phonation (i.e. making sound).
Ways to maintain a healthy voice:
- Avoid talking in a funny voice – i.e. robot or monster voice
- Drink lots of water every day
- Avoid caffeine (e.g. pop, tea and coffee)
- Avoid clearing your throat or coughing
- Avoid yelling and screaming
- Avoid smoking and/or smoking environments
- Get plenty of rest!
Poor voice development can result from:
- Too much screaming, yelling, crying or laughing
- Excessive coughing and/or throat clearing
- Excessive loud talking and muscle tension
- Poor hydration
Warning signs of an unhealthy voice:
- Harsh or raspy voice
- Breathy voice
- Neck pain
- Body and voice fatigue
If you are concerned with your child’s voice, it’s important to talk to an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT). They can use a special instrument to look at your child’s vocal cords. He/she may then recommend contacting a speech-language pathologist, who can complete a thorough voice evaluation and begin speech-language therapy.